Angeles City: Where to Cool Off
Over the years I have heard literally thousands of people rave about Angeles City and talk about what a fun place it is. However despite their enthusiasm there has always been one draw back to Angeles City and that is what to do in the day time. As most people are well aware the Philippines is a tropical climate which means hot humid days and warm balmy nights.
Whilst all this is well and good the average human being can only do so much bar hopping around Angeles City and staying at home everyday gets monotonous very quickly. So when a person has had their fill of these activities the question still remains. What is there to do in Angeles City during the day?
Personally speaking I like to escape the Angeles City daytime heat by taking a dip in a swimming pool. Here in Angeles City there are numerous different types of swimming pools ranging from the social pool where one goes to see and to be seen through to the lap swimming pool, the pseudo rock pools, the giant public pools with water-slides, the jungle pools and the kiddie’s pools. Listed below are some of my favorite pools in Angeles City along with useful information such as how to get there, how much is the entrance fee, what are the best days to visit, what is the poolside service like, the level of cleanliness and the poolside amenities.
The Clarkton Hotel Angeles City
One of my all time favorite Angeles City swimming pools is at The Clarkton Hotel. The pool is oblong shaped and approximately 10 foot deep at the deep end and 3 foot at the Shallow end. The advantage this pool has is that it serves the dual purposes of a place to relax and cool down or for the more serious swimmers whose idea of exercise extends beyond lifting a cold SMB, it is good for swimming laps.
The Clarkton pool is approximately 15 meters long and 5 meters wide. It is surrounded by comfortable deck chairs and tables with 4 seats and overhanging umbrellas. The overhanging umbrellas are an important feature as they provide shade for when you have had enough of the sun or for your Filipina partner who doesn’t like the sun because she will “get dark”. The pool is open to the public but there is a cover charge of 100 peso per head for non hotel guests to swim.
The Clarkton is approximately a 10 minute trike ride from the Angeles City bar area of fields and the ride will normally cost you 50 peso If you have your own transportation even better as the Clarkton has plenty of secure parking space.
As a final thought after a day of fun and frolicking at the Clarkton pool make sure you order a draught San Miguel beer, (45 peso) it’s by far the best draught in Angeles City
The Angeles City Sports and Country Club
The Angeles City sports and country club formerly Hidden Vale and before that Green Valley, has gone through a number of name changes yet despite the new names some things have remained the same and luckily one of those is the swimming pool.
The pool here is perfect for exercise buffs and in my opinion it is the best lap swimming pool in Angeles City. The pool is approximately 20 meters long and 7 meters wide. In the middle it is about 6 foot deep and 3 foot deep at both shallow low ends. The pool incorporates swimming lines at the bottom of the pool and it is never crowded allowing swimmers to churn out the laps without interference. The charge for swimming is 120 peso per head for adults or 60 peso for kids.
Getting here is easy as all the Angeles City trike drivers know it and the ride is a ten minute one which will cost you approximately 50 peso. When you have finished swimming there are trikes 100 yards from the main gate and the cost is 50 peso for a ride back to the main Angeles City bar area.
ABC Hotel Angeles City
The ABC Hotel is one of the newer up market hotel to be developed in Angeles City. No expense has been spared in making a stay in this Angeles City hotel a memorable experience. From the swanky main lobby through to the tastefully designed swimming pool this venue is pure class.
The Angeles City ABC hotel pool is small and tastefully designed. It is designed as a large rock pool perfect for a quick cooling dip. The pools depth ranges from approximately 3 foot at the shallow point and 5 foot at the deep point. The pool is approximately 12 meters long. Throughout the day half the pool is covered in shade whilst the remainder basks in the hot sunshine. This pool is not designed for swimming laps rather it is designed to offer a relaxing swimming experience.
At the far end of the pool there is an overhanging platform which makes a sort of underwater cave and provides shade for those wishing to stay in the water but escape the sun.
Around the pools perimeter are some deck chairs and some comfortable lounges. There is also a mock beach area with white sand and a nice refreshing overhead shower.
There is also a small rock pool which is ideal for the kids to splash around in and for Filipina honey that cannot swim competently.
In the background there are several tables which basically serve as an outside restaurant. The food at the ABC hotel is good and eating outside by the pool is a very pleasurable dining experience. There is no charge for non hotel patrons to make use of the pool but it is expected that you will buy some food or beverages. Best of all Asian Escapades members get a 20% discount upon presentation of their AE card.
The ABC hotel is approximately a 3 minute trike ride from the main Angeles City bar area and it will only cost you twenty peso to get here. For those of a more energetic disposition the hotel is within walking distance from Angeles City main bar area of Fields... When you have completed your swim there are trikes directly outside the hotel.
The Orchid Inn Hotel Angeles City
The Orchid Inn is a development of the old Angeles City Orchid Hotel. This development included 60 plus new rooms, a fabulous swimming pool and an Aussie style ‘beer garden’ surrounding the pool.
The pool is approximately 15 meters long and 5 meters wide. It is 5 foot 5” at the deep end and approximately 3 foot at the shallow end. The pool is a perfect oblong shape and excellent for swimming laps.
Surrounding the pool is a nice garden setting which is reminiscent of the classic Aussie beer garden. This garden features a large grassy area and 5 or six tables all with comfortable chairs and overhead umbrellas. There are also comfortable plastic chairs perfect for those wishing to work on their suntan.
Everyday the Orchid Inn staff prepares a delicious buffet which costs 400 peso. The buffet includes fresh garden salads grilled Aussie steaks steak, fresh seafood, and potato salad. Alternatively you can choose from the hotel menu which is extensive and very reasonably priced. The tables are serviced by the efficient and friendly Orchid Inn staff. If you visit this pool for a day out I highly recommend the Mango or Banana shakes they are some of the best in Angeles City.
Over on the side just next to the hotels back entrance is a little pub / restaurant area. This is perfect for a quiet meal or a discreet sip of the ever present San Miguel Beer. The restaurant area includes a large flat screen TV which is used primarily for broadcasting sporting events.
There is no charge to swim in the Orchid hotel pool but it is expected that you will buy some food or beverages. Like the Clarkton pool, the Orchid pool combines the best of both worlds. For the exercise buffs it is perfect for swimming laps whilst for the recreational swimmer it provides a chance to cool down with a refreshing dip. Also, Asian Escapades members get a 20% discount upon presentation of their AE card.
The Wild Orchid Angeles City
Situated on what was previously referred to as ‘blow road’ the Wild Orchid hotel has become a flagship for the changes that are rapidly sweeping through Angeles City. Previously A Santos Street ‘blow road’ Angeles City, was a lahar laden little street doted with what can only be described as small shanty type buildings common in old Angeles City. Inside the buildings were Filipinas with superb oral skills and Filipinos who thought they were Filipinas, with even better oral skills.
Nowadays the street has cleaned up a bit and most of the small shanties have either disappeared or relocated. In their place is the newly renovated Honky Tonk bar, the Bourbon Street apartments and the luxurious Wild Orchid Hotel.
The Wild Orchid Hotel is centrally located boasting lavish rooms an extensive bar area and a huge swimming pool in a tropical garden setting.
The pool is more like a number of separate pools all joined into one. On the far left are two smaller pools where you can sit and relax enjoying a gentle massage from the water jets.
The main pool is about 20 meters long and it is great for doing laps as long as it is not too crowded.
On the very far left is the Outrigger Bar where you can sit in the water and enjoy a great meal or drinks without ever leaving the pool. This area is predominantly shaded and provides a welcome respite from the intense Angeles City sun. An extra benefit from this area is that the hotels best looking waitresses seem to always be working there. The Outrigger Bar has a large screen television and great music played through a quality sound system at just the right level. Behind the Outrigger are the toilets and change rooms which are always cleaned and well maintained by the efficient Wild Orchid Staff.
To swim here will cost you 500 peso but this is ‘consumable’ In essence this means that if you swim you will be charged 500 peso but then the idea is for you to consume 500 peso worth of food and drink and the swimming is free.
One of the main features of the pool area is the garden surroundings. Dotted around the garden are tables and chairs with umbrellas and also comfortable deck chairs for the sun worshipers. The tables are serviced by the friendly waitresses from the main bar and you will often find them walking briskly from table to table delivering food and drinks.
The Wild Orchid pool is centrally located and has become the place to see and to be seen in. On just about any day you can see a bevy of beautiful Angeles City bar girls enjoying the pool or simply relaxing on the verandas overlooking the pool. A lot of the slightly more affluent Angeles City locals also visit here and invariably they have a beautiful Filipina partner who struts around in a designer bikini leaving little to the imagination.
The Aussie owners have done a great job designing the hotel and pool area and it has become the “in” place to visit during the summer heat in Angeles City.
Oasis hotel Angeles City
The Oasis hotel is situated in the Oasis compound, just past the Clarkton hotel and boasts an excellent swimming pool for those wishing to escape the sweltering heat. The pool is kidney shaped and not really designed for swimming laps it is more about relaxation playful swimming and enjoying the tropical lifestyle.
Around the pool are comfortable deck chairs where quite often a few locals will congregate enjoying a quiet drink a game of cards and a refreshing swim. There is a small bar area off to the left which has several shaded tables and chairs as well as a pool table. They also serve ice cold smb and sml for 45 peso as well as a variety of dishes from the Oasis restaurant.
Just outside the restaurant overlooking the pool is a nice shaded area where one can relax on comfortable wicker chairs enjoying a cold drink or a tasty meal. The chairs are extremely comfortable and there are overhead fans to keep things nice and cool.
There is no charge to swim here however it is expected that you will buy some food or drink. All the trike drivers know where the Oasis is situated and when it’s time to leave there are trikes right outside the hotels main entrance. The Oasis is about a twelve minute trike ride from the Angeles City Checkpoint and will cost you about 70 pesos. There are also trikes parked just beside the hotel so when you have finished swimming moving onto your next destination will be simple. If you have your own transportation there is secure parking just outside the hotel.
The Hanna Mi Hotel Angeles City
Situated right next door to the Premier hotel in close proximity to the Petron Station is the Hanna Mi Hotel. The hotel features 2 pools a 12 meter pool for adults.
The adult pool is oblong shaped and is about 3 foot deep in the shallow end and six foot in the deep end. The pool is surrounded by tables and chairs with umbrellas and they are serviced by the friendly staff that will bring you a cold drink or delicious food. There is no charge to swim here but again it is expected that you will buy some food or drink. This is actually a nice pool and makes an ideal setting for those wishing to relax, take a refreshing swim or do some laps.
The hotel is about a 6 minute trike ride from the Angeles City bar area and the ride will cost you 50 peso. When you are finished swimming there are a number of trikes parked across the road from the hotel or simply walk to the Petron station and hop in a jeepney going down Fields Avenue.
The Sunset Garden Inn Angeles City
The Sunset Garden Inn is one of the longer term more established hotels in Angeles City. The hotel primarily caters for European clientele with German and Swiss dishes featuring prominently on their menu. The hotel itself is fairly basic but it does boast an exceptional swimming pool.
The pool is approximately 12 meters long with a deepest point of 12 foot and a shallow point of 3 foot. The pool is oblong shaped and perfect for doing laps in or just cooling down in with a refreshing dip. There is no charge to swim here but it is expected that you will purchase food and beverages from the bar area.
The bar area is designed in ‘nipper hut’ style with liberal use of cane and bamboo. The bar features an extensive food and beverage menu and patrons are encouraged to enjoy their meals poolside.
The pool is surrounded by several tables with umbrellas as well as comfortable deckchairs for those wishing to work on their tan. It is not uncommon for people to hold private pool parties here as the pool is a decent size and the surrounding area is quite extensive allowing plenty of room for fun and games Angeles City style.
The Sunset Garden Inn is situated just next to the Petron station. It is a 6 minute trike ride from the bar area on Fields Avenue and the trike will cost you approximately 50 peso. When you have finished swimming there is always a trike or two parked outside of the hotel and the jeepneys run every 8 minutes from the adjacent Petron station. The pool is open 24 hours but they do not encourage night swimming as the noise level tends to disturb hotel patrons trying to get some much needed sleep.
So there it is guy’s mjibbo’s review of his favorite swimming pools in Angeles City. I hope this will prove helpful information for Angeles City residents, and visitors alike see you poolside guys.